2004 Sri Lanka tsunami train wreck

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The 2004 Sri Lanka tsunami train wreck was the largest single rail disaster in history (by death toll). It was caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.[1]

Train[change | change source]

Train #50, the Matara Express, also known as the "Queen of the Sea" line, was a regular train between the Sri Lankan capital Colombo and Matara. The train, overcrowded with 1800+ passengers, left Colombo on 26 December 2004.[2][3]

Tsunami strikes the train[change | change source]

At 9:30 A.M. in the village of Peraliya, the beach saw the gigantic waves arriving towards.The first wave flooded the carriages and caused panic among the passengers. The next wave arrived after 10 Minutes. It was huge and washed away the train and just smashed it against trees, houses which were nearby.[4]

Casualities[change | change source]

The huge waves of tsunami had destroyed the train and only 150 passengers out of 1800+ survived. About 1700 were reported dead, eventhough only 900 bodies were recovered.The fact is that the Sri Lankan authorities were of no ideas where the train was washed to. After 4:00P.M. Prime minister Rajapaksa's helicopter identified it. Eventhough rescue operations was held not more than 150 people survived and the village was also washed away by the deadly waves.

Reference[change | change source]

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JfQxk8R3A8
  2. Gunawardena, Ralph (July–August 2015). "The Ordeal of 591 Manitoba". Canadian Railway Modeler 20 (2): 16–17, 20–21.
  3. Carl Strand and John Masek, ed. (August 2008). Sumatra-Andaman Islands Earthquake and Tsunami of December 26, 2004: Lifeline Performance. Reston, VA: ASCE Press, Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering. ISBN 978-0-7844-0951-0. http://www.asce.org/Product.aspx?id=2147486137&productid=5511.
  4. Carl Strand and John Masek, ed. (August 2008). Sumatra-Andaman Islands Earthquake and Tsunami of December 26, 2004: Lifeline Performance. Reston, VA: ASCE Press, Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering. ISBN 978-0-7844-0951-0. http://www.asce.org/Product.aspx?id=2147486137&productid=5511.